WSJ: Ubuntu smartphone in October

WSJ: Ubuntu smartphone in OctoberWe first started jawing about Ubuntu for Android around a year ago, and more recently we were told to expect the first devices to land in space year 2014AD.

If you’re eager for Ubuntu beaver, you’ll be pleased to hear that some guy told some website that the first devices will in fact arrive in October this year.

“Some guy” being Mark Shuttleworth, founder and CEO of Canonical Ltd, while “some website” is something called The Wall Street Journal.

Shuttleworth promises Ubuntu will arrive in what WSJ describes as “two large geographic markets” come October, though he neglected to specify which.

When asked if one of those markets might be North America, Shuttleworth would only confirm that NA was “absolutely a key market for Ubuntu.”

Like BlackBerry 10, Ubuntu will be very much gesture-focused, with no buttons, something that excites our Jan greatly.

It’ll inevitably prove divisive, but speaking to Co.DESIGN, Canonical describes Ubuntu OS as “a leap from where mobile user interfaces were until today.”

Sounds good, but come October we’ll have iOS 7 and Key Lime Pie, with BlackBerry 10 and Windows Phone 8 engaged in a heated battle for third place. Oh, and not forgetting Tizen and Sailfish.

Is there a place for Ubuntu in the world of smartphones? Time will tell, mes amis. Time will tell.

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5 comments

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 7, 2013 at 16:41

Swipe you! :p

Ahem,... Love Ubuntu (mostly), but I can haz doutz?! Somehow I think this will fizzle out...

Pondlife  Feb. 7, 2013 at 16:51

I'm not convinced it's going to be a heated battle for third

Pondlife  Feb. 7, 2013 at 16:55

Nice that in the related news section we get the article on wsj saying the Amazon phone was launching late last year or early this year... Now unless it was missed at ces...

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 7, 2013 at 17:43

WSJ is top for phone rumours :p
Remember when Apple halved its muffin orders? Breakfast decline! Total starvation

Pondlife  Feb. 7, 2013 at 21:56

Didn't it used to be a serious newspaper?

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